How to Make Newspaper Seed Pots

Learn how to make eco-friendly seed pots and start prepping your seeds for planting season.
Seedlings in Newspaper Pots

Seedlings in Newspaper Pots

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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If you can start early in the spring when the weather is still cold, choose your seeds and begin the germination process indoors by using these newspaper seed pots.

Materials Needed:

  • seeds
  • newspaper
  • a glass
  • soil

1. Create the Paper Pot

Take a page from a newspaper or comic strip. Fold over one long edge, twice (Image 1). Roll the paper around a glass.

Fold the overlapping end of the tube inside the glass. This will become the base (Image 2). Slide the paper off the glass.

Look inside the tube. Fold down the overlapping ends to make a base. Use the glass to flatten the base against a table (Image 3).

2. Sow the Seeds

Fill the pot with soil. It is now ready for sowing the seeds.

Garden Pot Soil

Garden Pot Soil

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Plant the Seedlings in the Ground

Wait for planting season. Once the weather is warmer outside, the seedlings can be planted in their newspaper pots directly into the soil, without disturbing the roots. The newspaper pots will disintegrate when planted in the ground.

Seedlings in Newspaper Pots

Seedlings in Newspaper Pots

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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